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Final countdown on to opening of ‘magnificent’ new hospital

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Final countdown on to opening of ‘magnificent’ new hospital thumbnailStaff of the Western Trust gathered outside the main entrance of the Tyrone County Hospital to mark the countdown to the opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex which officially opens on June 20

WITH just over one month until the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex opens, the Western Trust took a major step closer to taking over their new £110m 'home' by receiving the keys to the state-of-the-art facility - an occasion which has been described as a "major milestone" for the local community.

Mallusk company, McLaughlin & Harvey, have completed construction and have formally handed the building over to the Trust.

The facility - which will have 40 single en-suite bedrooms for in-patients which will include separate areas for rehabilitation and palliative care - is to officially open on June 20 - while the Tyrone County Hospital which has served the community so well for so long will close its doors.

Western Trust director of strategic capital development, Alan Moore, hailed the keys hand-over as a "major milestone for health care provision in the Western Trust and in particular for the Omagh community".

He added: "I am proud to accept the keys to this state-of-the-art hospital and primary care complex. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has been involved in the planning and construction of this magnificent hospital who have worked hard to ensure that it has been built to the highest standards.

"Now that the Western Trust has taken ownership of the building, the programme for stocking and equipping the hospital begins.  Our staff are already undergoing the necessary training and familiarisation, in preparation for the transition to the new facility.

"Western Trust staff will now be working tirelessly to ensure everything is in place to begin treating patients on June 20.

"We look forward to continuing to deliver a high quality service to the people of Omagh and the surrounding areas for many years to come."

Professor Ronan O'Hare, assistant director of acute services, said the 'County' had "served its community through times of happiness and joy, but also sadness".

"It has been part of the lives of the people of Omagh and Tyrone for several decades," he added.

"But a building is nothing without a soul - its staff. There is a palpable excitement amongst the staff as we prepare for the 'big' move.

"It is with tremendous pride and years of hard work, that we are opening the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Complex on June 20.

"This day will be a milestone in the delivery of healthcare to the community of Tyrone and beyond.

"The staff will continue to deliver healthcare at its best, but in a new state-of-the-art facility, allowing us to develop further clinical services. 

"Possession of the building was handed over from the contractor on May 8 and we are all working hard commissioning the new hospital for the opening. 

"On behalf of the Western Trust, I would like to thank all of those involved in bringing this project to fruition.

"We have developed robust plans in conjunction with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Roads Service and PSNI to ensure the safe and smooth transfer of patients from the Tyrone County to the new hospital on June 20.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their continuing support during this transition period."

A Service of Thanksgiving, led by the hospital chaplains, on Sunday, June 11, will provide an opportunity for the hospital family and the local community to celebrate and acknowledge the tremendous work delivered at the Tyrone County.

At the official hand-over of the keys to the Trust, Alan McKee, senior construction director of McLaughlin & Harvey, said: "We are delighted to be here today recognising the achievement of construction completion reached on May 8.

"This has been achieved through an excellent working relationship between the Western Trust, McLaughlin & Harvey and design team led by Todd Architects. 

"The Western Trust now has a fabulous facility in a magnificent location which everyone connected with is justifiably proud of."

Professor Ronan O Hare, assistant director of acute services, said the goal of opening the new hospital is in sight.

"The staff are very excited about moving to this brand new facility," he added. "The Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will offer the most modern clinical practices using the latest technologies which will enhance the way care is delivered to patients.

"The new hospital will provide a wide range of hospital services in line with the comprehensive services currently provided at the Tyrone County Hospital. We are planning for the safe and smooth transfer of patients and staff from the Tyrone County Hospital to the new hospital on June 20 and would like to thank the public for their continued support and cooperation."

For further information on the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex visit the Western Trust website at www.westerntrust.hscni.net

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